Technology led engineering solutions

Omnicom Balfour Beatty provides a complete range of infrastructure monitoring solutions; these range from trackside, dedicated monitoring trains, RRVs, to the state of the art in service train solutions.

Our software solutions complement our hardware products and are compatible with other third-party systems.

Our products provide infrastructure owners, maintainers and operators with information to help create informed decisions in real-time or for long terms strategic planning.

Our technology is used in demanding environments where 24/7 reliability of operations is required.

Our technology has won numerous awards and helps clients operate competitively without compromising safety.

Our technology provides powerful tools for organisations looking to operate competitively and future-proof their investment in new or existing assets.

"The visibility of the line side assets is very useful and the location mileage well calibrated. I have reviewed most of the video and it is going to prove invaluable for our forthcoming line side cable route surveys."

Stuart Chambers, Network Rail Telecoms

Asset Inspection and Monitoring Solutions

Measurement Systems

Our measurement systems capture the survey data that you require to identify and proactively manage the maintenance and renewal of various assets types. This data can be viewed using our software packages or online viewers, with the facility to access data that you have commissioned as well as historical data from our extensive libraries.
We can also provide real-time information on the location of vehicles on the network to help in the management of works as they are being delivered or in analysis of previous works.

Condition Monitoring

No organisation is the same. Experienced engineers and developers at Omnicom understand where businesses will get the best value from technology and focus on those tangible benefits.

We’ll help assess the needs of a business and explain the technology available to improve efficiency and safety. We can also arrange demonstrations and training but, more importantly, the advice we share is based on each organisation’s needs, not ours.

Gauging Services


Expert and trusted gauging services including vehicle modeling and compatibility assessments.

We understand the technical problems that you need to solve. We measure our success by you achieving gauging certification. Our service will provide you with the information and advice needed to achieve permission to operate.

Gauging is the engineering process that provides the justification for your vehicle to operate on the infrastructure. Using our bespoke software, we calculate the clearances and passenger stepping distances for your compatibility file.

Track and OLE

Balfour Beatty offers a range of innovative solutions to improve clearances when installing overhead line electrification over existing railways. These avoid the need for costly and disruptive reconstruction works.

Special Projects

Balfour Beatty’s special projects team has expert solutions for unique turnkey civil engineering projects.  These are primarily for 3rd parties required to work on or near the rail Infrastructure.

Our solutions include:

  • Under Track Crossings:
    • Open Cut;
    • Horizontal Directional Drilling;
    • Auger Boring, and
  • Service Bridges
  • Footbridges
  • Platform Widening
  • Minor Civil Engineering Works

We have extensive experience of understanding Network Rail’s engineering requirements and steering schemes through the approvals process. We carry a Principal Contractors License (PCL) which allows us to carry out these works without Network Rail supervision.

In addition we can offer specific value-added services, such as:

  • Feasibility studies;
  • Design;
  • Network Rail design approvals including Forms 001, 002 & 003, (Network Rail’s scheme approval process), Work Package Plan’s, Method Statements and Risk Assessments.
  • Construction
  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Track Hand Over and Hand Back

"We’ve found OmniInspector an excellent tool that can save many hours of track surveying. It’s almost like Google Earth for the railway."

Elise Mclean, SVM Glasgow

Asset creation solutions


Balfour Beatty has been shaping the world’s railways for nearly 100 years, we have designed and built many of the UK’s and world’s most prestigious rail projects that see millions of passenger journeys every year and will continue to serve for centuries to come.

Our projects include the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, West Coast Mainline and more recently Crossrail, Thameslink and ElecLink. Now over the next 15 years we will be helping to transform Britain’s railways once again on the HS2 civils design and build project.

Balfour Beatty’s rail design capability was borne, as a means to mitigate the construction implication of designs that had been developed with well meaning, but unaware of constructability subtleties. Our design teams have developed their expertise working shoulder to shoulder with those constructing them. These close relationships have ingrained the principals of safe, constructible and well considered designs, whilst carrying the associated design risk and learning first hand from the implications when issues arise.

We often inherit early GRIP designs, devoid of construction input; site complexities compound this and culminate in constructability oversights. These early designs are later relied on for tendering of detailed design and construction. The inbuilt design inconsistencies are then formed into committed plans, programmes and budgets. In turn this can contribute significantly towards large infrastructure projects failing to meet programme or budget with significant damage to business reputation as a consequence.

As inheritors of early design we have developed our expertise in constructible design and we strongly believe that bringing our experience to your design team will enhance WSP’s service. All our designs are developed with construction in mind and where complexities warrant, our business enables us to leanly consult with experienced and trusted internal construction teams, without any contractual obligations. This ensures that constructability issues and staging implications are tackled at an early stage. The end product is a highly developed design solution, which promotes safety and increased budget and programme certainty by minimising later project changes.

The mantra is simple – design to construct.

Civils Design

Balfour Beatty is an expert in Civil Engineering design solutions to rail sector customers throughout the UK. With a team of Chartered Civil Engineers undertaking the CEM and CRE competency roles as appropriate.

Our technical design and engineering skills range includes:

  • Inspection and assessment of existing infrastructure;
  • Steel and concrete underbridge and overbridge refurbishment;
  • Brick and masonry viaduct repairs;
  • Temporary works design and checking;
  • Structural waterproofing detailing;
  • Footbridge enhancements, reconstructions and ancillary works;
  • Underbridge strengthening and reconstruction works;
  • Substructure stabilisation;
  • Topographic and services surveys;
  • Railway ancillary civils and enabling works.


Assessment Reviews & Feasibility Studies

The design teams will undertake assessment of existing assets or review previous assessments and formally present the findings to the client at stage-gate review meetings. Options for enhancement or replacement will also be developed in line with the GRIP process. Technical support to the value engineering with the supply chain will be provided to assist in the estimating process.


Design Approval & Stakeholder Acceptance

Formal submissions for approval in principle will be developed in line with client and stakeholder interests. This includes risk identification and management from the outset and the close relationship with Network Rail and Balfour Beatty’s implementation teams permits efficient design development and refinement.


Detailed Design & Check

Detailed design and drafting services will be engaged to deliver the design concept into working contract drawings. Specifications and risk assessments will also be developed for client acceptance and independent design checking will be provided. Support to the procurement team during the tendering process and implementation during construction will also be available.


Other Services

  • Examination and assessment framework contracts
  • Consultancy support
  • Fabrication inspection
  • Site management support
  • Design quality assurance support and document control
  • Facilitation of work in the rail environment and / or highways

Electrification Design

Balfour Beatty has the UK’s largest, most competent and diverse capability for railway electrification projects, ranging from Overhead Contact Line, Overhead Conductor Rail, AC and DC Power Supply and SCADA.

We carry out the full scope of power and electrification for railways including consultancy, feasibility studies, basic and detailed design, equipment supply, construction support and maintenance planning for mass transit to freight lines, commuter, metros, and light rail transit systems.



Catenary Solutions

Our range of catenary solutions uses standardised aluminium or aluminium alloy components resulting in a highly efficient and reliable product for suburban, mass transit and heavy haul railways.

All our catenary solutions have been developed to offer low maintenance and spark-less current collection.

All catenary solutions are designed for railways that operate at a nominal voltage of 25 kV AC. They can be used in a range of applications, from low-speed freight to passenger services reaching speeds of up to 350 km/h. We provide system solutions that can perform in almost all geographical, topographical and environmental conditions. All our products comply with applicable standards, including rail technical specifications for interoperability (TSI).

Our experts are continuously developing Overhead Catenary System components to ensure they are at the forefront of electrification technology.

For more information, please contact us.

Asset Visualisation and Management

Our services include new track construction, track renewal, track maintenance, optimisation of existing track alignment.

Working with various design systems, we deliver:

  • Plain line renewals
  • Rail connections
  • Rail lifting and slewing
  • S&C renewals / abandonments
  • Track removal / reinstatement associated with bridge renewal schemes
  • Track alignments and gauging works associated with platform refurbishments and extensions
  • Track enhancements
  • Track renewals using the high output track relaying system

For more information, please contact us.

Track Solutions

Balfour Beatty is an expert in permanent way engineering, we design to build.

Balfour Beatty’s Track Solutions team is completely focussed on providing our customers with an exemplary permanent way design service that results in the effective construction of the railway. We have successfully delivered permanent way designs to enable the completion of some of the most complex projects in the UK and abroad in recent times and are a trusted rail industry partner.

We are focussed on adding value to our customers, with a service that is built upon expert engineers with many years of experience in new track construction, track renewal, track maintenance and the manufacturing of Switching & Crossings (S&C)units. Thus, our customers can call upon a wealth of knowledge in the design and engineering of the permanent way, which includes:

  • Plain line renewals.
  • Rail connections
  • Rail lifting and slewing
  • S&C renewals / abandonments.
  • Track removal / reinstatement associated with bridge renewal schemes.
  • Track alignments and gauging works associated with platform refurbishments & extensions.
  • Track enhancements
  • Track renewals using the high output track relaying system.

Within industry practice we possess the capability to work with various design systems, such as, ClearRoute, Bentley Rail Track Design and Microstation.

For more information, please contact us.

"Omnicom Balfour Beatty has provided Milton Keynes Council with a complete service from asset video through to asset collection."

Gary Morland, Milton Keynes Council

Contact Us

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Balfour Beatty

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